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Father’s Day Gift Match Guide: Great Tools for 5 Dad Types

Before you buy your dad another power drill for Father’s Day, decide what type of DIYer he is. Then let that — and our gift suggestions — be your guide.

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Father's Day gift ideas

Image: Occidental Leather®, Craftsman, Swiss+Tech Products and Razarsharp, Inc.

There’s a tool for every dad, but not every dad is right for every tool. So before you hunt for a Father’s Day gift for Mr. Fixit (real or imagined), figure out your dad’s tool type. Then, take a look at these gift ideas that will fit him like a glove — a Mechanix Original glove ($25), to be exact.

Renaissance Dad

Your dad can do it all, and so can the versatile Micro-Max 19-in-1 Series ($10-$15) multi-tool — an itty-bitty 2-inch wonder that Dad can easily slip into his pocket. Armed with this little sidekick, he’ll be able to tighten, loosen, wire, drill, cut, file, and measure to his heart’s content. Included are: 2 hex wrenches, 6 screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, wire crimper, hand drill, file, bottle opener, 2 rulers, and 2 ruler extensions.

Show-off Dad

If your dad likes to look the part of a handyman (more than actually do the work), he’ll love Occidental Leather’s Adjust-to-fit Pro Framer Tool Belt ($258-$264) made from grain leather with copper rivets. It’s adjustable — from 32 to 41 inches — and sports 21 pockets and tool holders. Encourage Dad to strap on that bad boy, fill the holsters and pouches with every tool he owns, then parade around as if he knows what he’s doing. After that, time for a Father’s Day nap.

Hi-Tech Dad

Techno-savvy dads that love high-tech toys to help them around the house will adore DeWalt’s Self-Leveling Line Laser ($160). This smart tool will help Dad hang cabinets, install crown moulding, and mount picture frames so everything’s absolutely plumb and level. It features a magnetic bracket so it mounts easily on metal, and it’s a one-button operation.

Green Dad

Your enviro-friendly dad will love the RazarSharp Organic Shredder ($350) that reduces yard waste, turning small branches, weeds, and even kitchen scraps into mulch that your compost pile can easily digest and your garden beds will happily host. It’s electric, so no messing around with gasoline and pull cords. Come fall, the shredder will mulch your leaves, which Dad can spread on garden beds and let decompose during winter.

Disorganized Dad

For the dad who has every tool known to man (but nary a clue what he did with them), the Craftsman 26” Wide 5-Drawer Quiet Glide Bottom Chest ($240) is the perfect gift. Five generous drawers store all kinds of tools. The chest sits on casters for mobility and has a lock for security.

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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